2018 year in review: stories that captivated nation

2018 year in review: stories that captivated nation
In this Feb. 14 file photo. students are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. In more than 600 pages of interviews with investigators, released Dec. 19, officers each gave their individual tale of how a peaceful Valentine’s Day suddenly turned to horror when they learned of the shooting at the high school. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) (Mike Stocker)
In this Jan. 24 file photo, former gymnast Rachael Denhollander, left, is hugged by Kaylee Lorincz after giving her victim impact statement during the seventh day of Larry Nassar's sentencing hearing in Lansing, Mich. More than 150 female athletes testified at Nassar's sentencing hearing in January 2018 for convictions on child-porn and sex-abuse charges. It marked a turning point in a crisis that has inflicted untold damage. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
In this Jan. 24 file photo, former gymnast Rachael Denhollander, left, is hugged by Kaylee Lorincz after giving her victim impact statement during the seventh day of Larry Nassar's sentencing hearing in Lansing, Mich. More than 150 female athletes testified at Nassar's sentencing hearing in January 2018 for convictions on child-porn and sex-abuse charges. It marked a turning point in a crisis that has inflicted untold damage. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) (AP)
In this Jan. 31 file photo, Larry Nassar appears for his sentencing at Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich. He was sentenced from 40 to 175 years in prison for child porn and sex abuse charges. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP, File)
In this Jan. 31 file photo, Larry Nassar appears for his sentencing at Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich. He was sentenced from 40 to 175 years in prison for child porn and sex abuse charges. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP, File) (AP)
In this Feb. 14 file photo. students are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. In more than 600 pages of interviews with investigators, released Dec. 19, officers each gave their individual tale of how a peaceful Valentine’s Day suddenly turned to horror when they learned of the shooting at the high school. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
In this Feb. 14 file photo. students are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. In more than 600 pages of interviews with investigators, released Dec. 19, officers each gave their individual tale of how a peaceful Valentine’s Day suddenly turned to horror when they learned of the shooting at the high school. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) (AP)
Ten people were killed a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, TX, on May 18. (Source: Harris County Sheriff's Office/Twitter)
Ten people were killed a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, TX, on May 18. (Source: Harris County Sheriff's Office/Twitter)
People who migrated from the U.S. are held in a detention center. An internal report from the Department of Homeland Security says the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance family separation policy had major problems.
People who migrated from the U.S. are held in a detention center. An internal report from the Department of Homeland Security says the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance family separation policy had major problems. ((Source: DHS/CNN))
This undated file photo provided by the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, shows the shelter used to house unaccompanied migrant children in Tornillo, Texas. The Trump administration announced in June 2018 that it would open the temporary shelter for up to 360 migrant children in this isolated corner of the Texas desert. Less than six months later, the facility has expanded into a detention camp holding thousands of teenagers, and it shows every sign of becoming more permanent. (HHS' Administration for Children and Families via AP, File)
This undated file photo provided by the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, shows the shelter used to house unaccompanied migrant children in Tornillo, Texas. The Trump administration announced in June 2018 that it would open the temporary shelter for up to 360 migrant children in this isolated corner of the Texas desert. Less than six months later, the facility has expanded into a detention camp holding thousands of teenagers, and it shows every sign of becoming more permanent. (HHS' Administration for Children and Families via AP, File) (AP)
In this June 20 photo, activists march past the White House to protest the Trump administration's approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents in Washington. Nonpartisan congressional investigators say immigration and health officials were blindsided by President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy on migrants crossing the southwest border. The Government Accountability Office says that triggered a cascade of problems as agencies struggled with the fallout from family separations. Ultimately more than 2,500 children ended up in government shelters until Trump was forced to cancel the policy and a federal judge ordered families reunited.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, file)
In this June 20 photo, activists march past the White House to protest the Trump administration's approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents in Washington. Nonpartisan congressional investigators say immigration and health officials were blindsided by President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy on migrants crossing the southwest border. The Government Accountability Office says that triggered a cascade of problems as agencies struggled with the fallout from family separations. Ultimately more than 2,500 children ended up in government shelters until Trump was forced to cancel the policy and a federal judge ordered families reunited.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, file) (AP)
This Tuesday, Sept. 25 photo provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections shows Bill Cosby, after he was sentenced to three to 10 years for sexual assault. (Pennsylvania Department of Corrections via AP)
This Tuesday, Sept. 25 photo provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections shows Bill Cosby, after he was sentenced to three to 10 years for sexual assault. (Pennsylvania Department of Corrections via AP) (AP)
In this Sept. 27 photo, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh gives his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kavanaugh blamed the Clintons for the sexual misconduct allegations against him. In doing so, the judge is drawing new attention to his time on the Kenneth Starr team investigating Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct in the 1990s. And he’s shown he can deliver a Trump-like broadside against detractors even if it casts him in a potentially partisan light. (Saul Loeb/Pool Image via AP)
In this Sept. 27 photo, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh gives his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kavanaugh blamed the Clintons for the sexual misconduct allegations against him. In doing so, the judge is drawing new attention to his time on the Kenneth Starr team investigating Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct in the 1990s. And he’s shown he can deliver a Trump-like broadside against detractors even if it casts him in a potentially partisan light. (Saul Loeb/Pool Image via AP) (AP)
A police officer guards the front steps of the Supreme Court in Washington as activists protest Oct. 9. A Supreme Court with a new conservative majority takes the bench as Brett Kavanaugh was narrowly confirmed after a bitter Senate battle. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
A police officer guards the front steps of the Supreme Court in Washington as activists protest Oct. 9. A Supreme Court with a new conservative majority takes the bench as Brett Kavanaugh was narrowly confirmed after a bitter Senate battle. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (AP)
In this Oct. 12 photo, a member of a Tennessee urban search and rescue team works a debris pile with a dog in the aftermath of hurricane Matthew in Mexico Beach, Fla. The tropical weather that turned into monster Hurricane Michael began as a relatively humble storm before rapidly blossoming into the most powerful cyclone ever to hit the Florida Panhandle, causing wrenching scenes of widespread destruction.(AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
In this Oct. 12 photo, a member of a Tennessee urban search and rescue team works a debris pile with a dog in the aftermath of hurricane Matthew in Mexico Beach, Fla. The tropical weather that turned into monster Hurricane Michael began as a relatively humble storm before rapidly blossoming into the most powerful cyclone ever to hit the Florida Panhandle, causing wrenching scenes of widespread destruction.(AP Photo/David Goldman, File) (AP)
A caravan of more than 1,500 Honduran migrants moves north after crossing the border from Honduras into Guatemala on October 15, 2018 in Esquipulas, Guatemala. The caravan, the second of 2018, began Friday in San Pedro Sula, Honduras with plans to march north through Guatemala and Mexico en route to the United States. Honduras has some of the highest crime and poverty rates in Latin America. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A caravan of more than 1,500 Honduran migrants moves north after crossing the border from Honduras into Guatemala on October 15, 2018 in Esquipulas, Guatemala. The caravan, the second of 2018, began Friday in San Pedro Sula, Honduras with plans to march north through Guatemala and Mexico en route to the United States. Honduras has some of the highest crime and poverty rates in Latin America. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) (Getty Images)
In this Oct. 29 photo, a makeshift memorial stands outside the Tree of Life synagogue in the aftermath of a deadly shooting in Pittsburgh where 11 people were killed. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
In this Oct. 29 photo, a makeshift memorial stands outside the Tree of Life synagogue in the aftermath of a deadly shooting in Pittsburgh where 11 people were killed. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) (AP)
Voters line up to cast their ballots shortly before the polls open in the midterm elections at First Church in Owasso, Okla., on Nov. 6. Voters handed Democrats victories in the House of Representatives, while the GOP maintained control of the Senate. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)
Voters line up to cast their ballots shortly before the polls open in the midterm elections at First Church in Owasso, Okla., on Nov. 6. Voters handed Democrats victories in the House of Representatives, while the GOP maintained control of the Senate. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP) (AP)
People comfort each other as they sit near the scene Nov. 8, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. The gunman died inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
People comfort each other as they sit near the scene Nov. 8, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. The gunman died inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (AP)
Homes are shown leveled by the Camp Fire line Valley Ridge Drive in Paradise, Calif., on Dec. 3. It was the largest fire in state history. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Homes are shown leveled by the Camp Fire line Valley Ridge Drive in Paradise, Calif., on Dec. 3. It was the largest fire in state history. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) (AP)
Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush, left, follow the casket of former President George H.W. Bush as it is carried out following a State Funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington on Dec. 5. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush, left, follow the casket of former President George H.W. Bush as it is carried out following a State Funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington on Dec. 5. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (AP)
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, leaves federal court after his sentencing in New York on Dec. 12,. Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for an array of crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to two women that he says was done at the direction of President Trump. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, leaves federal court after his sentencing in New York on Dec. 12,. Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for an array of crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to two women that he says was done at the direction of President Trump. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) (AP)
President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and his wife Lori Andrade arrive at federal court in Washington Dec. 18. His sentencing was postponed until spring of 2019 to give him more time to cooperate with prosecutors. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and his wife Lori Andrade arrive at federal court in Washington Dec. 18. His sentencing was postponed until spring of 2019 to give him more time to cooperate with prosecutors. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)
A home on Long Avenue in Conway, SC, is under water following Hurricane Florence, which flooded the Carolinas when it made landfall in September. (Source: WMBF News)
A home on Long Avenue in Conway, SC, is under water following Hurricane Florence, which flooded the Carolinas when it made landfall in September. (Source: WMBF News) (WMBF News)
In this Dec. 18, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on the Federal Commission on School Safety report, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Republicans in early-voting states are grappling with how _ and whether _ to protect Trump from a potential primary challenger in 2020. South Carolina GOP leaders said Wednesday they were considering cancelling their presidential primary. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
In this Dec. 18, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on the Federal Commission on School Safety report, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Republicans in early-voting states are grappling with how _ and whether _ to protect Trump from a potential primary challenger in 2020. South Carolina GOP leaders said Wednesday they were considering cancelling their presidential primary. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP)